Mr. Sandip Niure, who is just 22 years old, is currently studying for his bachelors in business administration (BBA) degree at Oxford College of Engineering and Management in Chitwan. Just a year into starting his BBA, he realised that he really wanted to start something while he was studying, where he could apply his learnings. This led to him starting his own dairy farm.
It has only been a year since he started his dairy farm, but it already consists of 16 cows and 5 goats, and he has employed two people to help him.. The farm has an output of 120 to 130 litres of milk a day, and because he ensures the quality of the milk,, people from the community come directly to his farm to buy it, rather them him going to them. Sandip hasn’t had to worry about packaging his milk because his customers come to him to collect the milk, that’s how highly valued it is by his customers. His trade secret? The cow feed – he uses only the best cow feed.
He says he got his entrepreneurial spirit from his father. His own father was a businessman and had a small vehicle rental business in the area. Growing up, he learned a lot of things through him, especially about business. He knew bhitrai dekhi, or from within, that he wanted to become an entrepreneur, and when he enrolled into a BBA program he knew he would start a business soon.
This was further reinforced when plans to go study and work in Australia fell through and he knew that he would have to do something in Nepal. He says that not being able to go to Australia to work was one of the best things that could have happened to him. He knew that if he wanted to be successful in Nepal, he would have to do his own thing and have his own business.
“I want my cow farm to be an example for other people in Nepal,” he said. He has been a driven entrepreneur, and wants to expand his farm in the near future. His goal is to use advanced technology to produce milk and farm— technology that he says hasn’t been used in Nepal so far. By using advanced methods of farming and producing milk, he hopes that his farm can be a model farm for other entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses.
“I think I-Cube is exactly the type of program that entrepreneurs in this country need. We entrepreneurs need more than just what we learn in college, we need practical skills and tools that will directly help our startups. The problem solving help, suggestions, and getting connected to financial resources will be important for our success and future,” he says.